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Joseph A. Cable (January 1, 1848 – October 15, 1877) was a United States Army soldier during the American Indian Wars who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Cedar Creek, Montana and other campaigns.

Joseph Cable
Born(1848-01-01)January 1, 1848
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
DiedOctober 15, 1877(1877-10-15) (aged 29)
Place of burial
Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Montana
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
UnitCompany I, 5th U.S. Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Indian Wars
Awards Medal of Honor



Joseph A. Cable was born on January 1, 1848 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Later, his official residence was listed as Madison, Wisconsin.

Cable enlisted into the United States Army, and was assigned as a Private to Company I, of the 5th United States Infantry Regiment. While serving in that organization, he won the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Cedar Creek, Montana on October 21, 1876.[1] He was promoted to Corporal, then mortally wounded at the Battle of Bear Paw, Montana,[2] and died of wounds on October 15, 1877. Some have claimed that he was interred in the Custer National Cemetery, in Crow Agency, Montana, although the cemetery has no burial record for him.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private, Company I, 5th United States Infantry Regiment. Place and date: At Cedar Creek, Montana Territory, October 21, 1876. Entered service at: United States. Born: January 1, 1848, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Date of issue: 1877


For gallantry in engagements at Cedar Creek, Montana and other campaigns during the period 21 October 1876 to 8 January 1877, while serving with Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry.

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  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  • "Joseph Cable". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  1. ^ "General Orders". The Bismarck Tribune. July 30, 1877. p. 1. Retrieved June 13, 2019 – via  
  2. ^ "Got Him, Got Joseph, the Fighting Indian". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 8, 1877. p. 4. Retrieved June 12, 2019 – via  
  3. ^ "Joseph Cable". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved December 18, 2009.